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Beautiful view of the river and mountains in Sevierville Tennessee.

National TV Show to Air Episode About Visiting Sevierville Tennessee and the Smokies

Sevierville Tennessee is ready for its close up! One of our favorite Smoky Mountain cities will be the subject of an upcoming episode of the popular TV show “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly”. Airing nationally on Public Television, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly is a half hour program that showcases the best family vacation destinations around the world. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Sevierville’s moment in the spotlight.

Filmed in SeptemberAn eagle statue in front of the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville Tennessee.

Colleen Kelly and her family came to Sevierville in early September to shoot the episode. While she was in town, Colleen told the Sevier News Messenger how thrilled she was to be visiting East Tennessee:

“We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a while now and couldn’t be more excited to experience all that Sevierville has to offer. From the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains to all of the fun things to do and places to eat, we look forward to giving our viewers a behind-the-scenes look at this popular family destination.”

Kelly also noted that it was difficult to narrow down which attractions and activities to include in the show, because there is simply so much to do in the area. Fortunately, PBS doesn’t have any commercials, so they can jam pack the 30 minute episode with as much fun content as possible.

Restaurants and Attractions Featured in the Show

While it is hard to know what footage will end up being used in the final cut of the episode, Kelly confirmed that she visited the following locations around Sevierville Tennessee during her vacation:

Baskets filled with red apples.The Apple Barn

Located right next door to an apple orchard, The Apple Barn is a hugely popular destination for apple cider, fried apple pies, apple cinnamon bread, apple butter, and virtually any other apple treat you can think of!

FoxFire Mountain Ziplines

FoxFire Mountain offers thrilling zipline rides through the area’s breathtaking mountains. Guests at FoxFire will have the chance to conquer The Goliath, the highest zipline in the Smokies!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS - Save $10 - Free Cancellation.Courthouse Donuts

Courthouse Donuts is the area’s only designer donut shop. Guests can concoct their own donut creations by choosing from a variety of icings, toppings, and sauces. Popular donuts on the menu include the Smoky Mountain S’mores Donut and the Banana Pudding Donut.

Great Smoky Mountains National ParkStunning photo of Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States! With over 800 miles of hiking trails, 2,900 miles of streams, and free admission, it’s no wonder that well over 10 million people visit the Smokies each year.


Of course, no Smoky Mountain vacation is complete without a trip to Dollywood! Designed by local hero Dolly Parton, this awesome theme park features thrilling rides, world class music shows, and mouthwatering food.

When and Where to Watch the Show

The statue of Dolly Parton in Sevierville Tennessee.The Sevierville episode of Family Travel with Colleen Kelly is expected to premiere in the spring of 2017. Visit My Smokies will update this blog when we know the exact date the show will air. To see which station airs Family Travel with Colleen Kelly in your region, visit the Where to Watch page on the show’s official website.

For more information about everything to see in our Smoky Mountain city, check out our Sevierville Tennessee Vacation Guide!

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